"The ordinary activities I find most compatible with contemplation are walking, baking bread, and doing laundry." --Kathleen Norris
L'Arche Portland hosted its second annual Retreat with L'Arche on Saturday, June17th at St. Michael and All Angels Episopal Church. Facilitated by Brett Webb-Mitchell, who will join the L'Arche Portland community as Director of Spiritual Life in July, the day-long retreat focused on framing our daily lives and discovering patterns or moments when God is present to us.
We introduced ourselves to one another over a name game (Killer Karen and Precious Pooh were favorites), then drew blue prints and schedules to help capture important spiritual or communal places within our homes, where we spend the most time, and who we spend it with. We talked about our favorite times of day, the foods we enjoy, the sense of belonging that comes from sharing meals, and the times that are most difficult for us. From waking to breaking bread to doing chores to gardening to laying our heads down after a long day, we each shared how ordinary activities can provide a rhythm and a space for God to enter into our lives.
At the end of the afternoon, participants collaborated on a "performance art" piece, visually linking the diagrams representing our lives across connected "wires" (yarn) to symbolize our interdependence and interconnection.